The Big Book List

Looking for some classic books to add to your list? Here is a massive list (in alphabetical order, of course) with book titles taken from The Classic Club’s Members. Don’t see a title that should be on here? Comment below and we’ll add it!

All books are listed by author’s name (last name first), then title. Please let us know if we need to correct/edit anything!

(For more resource help while building your list, you might also check out this list at Goodreads, of the most popular books listed under the label “the classics club.”)


Abbott, Edwin: Flatland

Achebe, Chinua: Things Fall Apart

Adams, Richard: Watership Down

Aeschylus: Oresteia

Albee, Edward: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Alcott, Louisa May: Hospital Sketches

Alcott, Louisa May: Jo’s Boys

Alcott, Louisa May: Little Men

Alcott, Louisa May: Little Women

Allende, Isabel: Stories of Eva Luna

Allende, Isabel: The House of the Spirits

Amis, Martin: London Fields

Anaya, Rudolfo: Bless Me, Ultima

Anderson, Sherwood: Winesburg, Ohio

Angelou, Maya: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Anonymous: One Thousand and One Nights

Apuleius, Lucius:  The Golden Ass

Aristophanes: Lysistrata

Aristophanes: The Frogs

Aristotle: Nichomachean Ethics

Arlt, Robert: The Seven Madmen

Arnow, Harriette: The Dollmaker

Atwood, Margaret: A Handmaid’s Tale

Atwood, Margaret: Alias Grace

Atwood, Margaret: The Blind Assassin

Austen, Jane: Complete Juvenilia

Austen, Jane: Emma

Austen, Jane: Lady Susan

Austen, Jane: Mansfield Park

Austen, Jane: Northanger Abbey

Austen, Jane: Persuasion

Austen, Jane: Pride and Prejudice

Austen, Jane: Sanditon

Austen, Jane: Selected Letters

Austen, Jane: Sense and Sensibility

Austen, Jane: The Watsons

Azuela, Mariano: The Underdogs


Baldwin, James: Giovanni’s Room

Baldwin, James: Go Tell it on the Mountain

Balzac, Honore: Eugenie Grandet

Balzac, Honore: The Black Sheep

Barrie, J.M.: Peter Pan

Baum, L. Frank: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Beckett, Samuel: Waiting for Godot

Bellamy, Edward: Looking Backward

Bellow, Saul: The Adventures of Augie March

Bellow, Saul: Henderson the Rain King

Bellow, Saul: Seize the Day

Bengtsson: The Long Ships

Bennett, Alan: The Uncommon Reader

Bernstein, Hilda: The World that was Ours

Boccaccio, Giovanni: The Decameron

Borges, Jorge Luis: Ficciones

Borges, Jorge Luis: The Aleph

Bradbury, Ray: Fahrenheit 451

Bradbury, Ray: The Illustrated Man

Bradbury, Ray: The Martian Chronicles

Braddon, Mary Elizabeth: Lady Audley’s Secret

Bronte, Anne: Agnes Grey

Bronte, Anne: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Bronte, Charlotte: Jane Eyre

Bronte, Charlotte: Shirley

Bronte, Charlotte: The Professor

Bronte, Charlotte: Villette

Bronte, Emily: Wuthering Heights

Brooks, Terry: The Sword of Shannara

Browning, Elizabeth Barrett: Aurora Leigh

Buck, Pearl S: The Good Earth

Bulgakov, Mikhail: The Master and Margarita

Buchan, John: The Thirty-Nine Steps

Bunyan, John: Pilgrim’s Progress

Burgess, Anthony: A Clockwork Orange

Burke, Edmund: A Philosophical Enquiry

Burnett, Frances Hodgson: A Little Princess

Burnett, Frances Hodgson: The Making of a Marchioness

Burnett, Frances Hodgson: The Secret Garden

Burnett, Frances Hodgson: The Shuttle

Burney, Frances: Evelina

Burns, Olive: Cold Sassy Tree

Burroughs, Edgar Rice: Tarzan of the Apes

Butler, Samuel: Erewhon

Butler, Samuel: The Way of All Flesh


Calvino, Italo: If on a Winter’s Night a Stranger

Calvino, Italo: Italian Folktales

Camus, Albert: The Fall

Camus, Albert: The Plague

Camus, Albert: Stranger

Carroll, Lewis: Alice in Wonderland

Cather, Willa: A Lost Lady

Cather, Willa: Alexander’s Bridge

Cather, Willa: April Twilights (poetry)

Cather, Willa: Death Comes for the Archbishop

Cather, Willa: Lucy Gayheart

Cather, Willa: My Antonia

Cather, Willa: My Mortal Enemy

Cather, Willa: O Pioneers!

Cather, Willa: One of Ours

Cather, Willa: Sapphira and the Slave Girl

Cather, Willa: Shadows on the Rock

Cather, Willa: The Professor’s House

Cather, Willa: The Song of the Lark

Chaucer, Geoffrey: The Canterbury Tales

Chekhov, Anton: The Duel

Chekhov, Anton: The Major Plays

Chekhov, Anton: Three Sisters

Chekov, Anton: Cherry Orchard

Child, Lydia Maria Francis: Hobomok

Chopin, Kate: Desiree’s Baby

Chopin, Kate: The Awakening

Chopin, Kate: The Storm

Chopin, Kate: The Story of and Hour

Coetzee, J.M: Youth

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor: Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Colette: Sido

Colette: My Mother’s House

Collins, Wilkie: Armadale

Collins, Wilkie: No Name

Collins, Wilkie: The Moonstone

Collins, Wilkie: The Woman in White

Collodi, Carlo: The Adventures of Pinocchio

Confucius: Analects

Conrad, Joseph: Heart of Darkness

Conrad, Joseph: Lord Jim

Cooper, James Fenimore: The Deerslayer

Cooper, James Fenimore: The Last of the Mohicans

Cooper, James Fenimore: The Pathfinder

Cooper, James Fenimore: The Pioneers

Cooper, James Fenimore: The Prairie

Crane, Stephen: Maggie: A Girl of the Streets

Crane, Stephen: Red Badge of Courage


Danielwski, Mark Z.: House of Leaves

Dante: The Divine Comedy

Darwin, Charles: The Origin of Species

de Cervantes, Miguel: Don Quixote

de Crevecoeur, J. Hector St. John: Letters from an American Farmer

de Laclos, Choderlos: Dangerous Liaisons

de Quincy, Thomas: Confessions of an English Opium Eater

de Sade, Marquis: The 120 Days of Sodom

de Saint-Exupery, Antoine: The Little Prince

Defoe, Daniel: Moll Flanders

Defoe, Daniel: Robinson Crusoe

Defoe, Daniel: Roxana

Descartes, Rene: Meditations on First Philosophy

Dickens, Charles: A Child’s History of England

Dickens, Charles: American Notes

Dickens, Charles: Barnaby Rudge

Dickens, Charles: Bleak House

Dickens, Charles: David Copperfield

Dickens, Charles: Dombey and Son

Dickens, Charles: Great Expectations

Dickens, Charles: Hard Times

Dickens, Charles: Little Dorrit

Dickens, Charles: Martin Chuzzlewit

Dickens, Charles: Nicholas Nickleby

Dickens, Charles: Oliver Twist

Dickens, Charles: Our Mutual Friend

Dickens, Charles: Tale of Two Cities

Dickens, Charles: The Battle of Life

Dickens, Charles: The Chimes

Dickens, Charles: The Cricket on the Hearth

Dickens, Charles: The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain

Dickens, Charles: The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Dickens, Charles: The Old Curiousity Shop

Dickens, Charles: The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club

Dickens, Monica: The Winds of Heaven

Dorr, David: Colored Man Round the World

Dostoevesky, Fyodor: The Brothers Karamazov

Dostoevesky, Fyodor: The Idiot

Dostoevsky, Fyodor: Crime and Punishment

Dostoevsky, Fyodor: Demons

Dostoevsky, Fyodor: Notes from the Underground

Dostoevsky, Fyodor: The Adolescent

Dostoevsky, Fyodor: The Double

Dostoevsky, Fyodor: The Eternal Husband

Dostoevsky, Fyodor: The Gambler

Douglass, Frederick: A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Douglass, Frederick: My Bondage and My Freedom

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: The Complete Sherlock Holmes

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: The Lost World

Dreiser, Theodore: American Tragedy

Dreiser, Theodore: Sister Carrie

Du Maurier, Daphne: Echoes from the Macabre

Du Maurier, Daphne: Rebecca

Dumas, Alexandre: The Black Tulip

Dumas, Alexandre: The Count of Monte Cristo

Dumas, Alexandre: The Man in the Iron Mask

Dumas, Alexandre: The Three Musketeers

Dumas, Alexandre: The Vicomte de Bragelonne

Dumas, Alexandre: Twenty Years After

Durak, Mary: Kings in Grass Castles


Eco, Umberto: The Name of the Rose

Edgeworth, Maria: Belinda

Edgeworth, Maria: Castle Rackrent

Eliot, George: Adam Bede

Eliot, George: Brother Jacob

Eliot, George: Daniel Deronda

Eliot, George: Felix Holt, the Radical

Eliot, George: Middlemarch

Eliot, George: Romola

Eliot, George: Scenes of Clerical Life

Eliot, George: Silas Marner

Eliot, George: The Lifted Veil

Eliot, George: The Mill on the Floss

Eliot, T.S.: The Complete Poems

Eliot, T.S.: Murder in the Cathedral

Eliot, T.S.: The Waste Land

Ellison, Ralph: The Invisible Man

Emerson, Ralph Waldo: Essays

Emerson, Ralph Waldo: Self-Reliance and Other Essays

Emerson, Ralph Waldo: The Essential Writings

Endo, Shusako, The Sea and Poison

Equiano, Olaudah: The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

Euripedes: Four Tragedies

Euripedes: Medea


Faulkner, William: Absalom, Absalom!

Faulkner, William: As I Lay Dying

Faulkner, William: The Hamlet, The Town, and The Mansion

Faulkner, William: Light in August

Faulkner, William: Sanctuary

Faulkner, William: The Sound and the Fury

Faulkner, William: The Unvanquished

Faulks, Sebastian: Birdsong

Ferrier, Susan: Marriage

Fielding, Henry: Joseph Andrews

Fielding, Henry: Shamela

Fielding, Henry: Tom Jones

Fitzgerald, F. Scott: Flappers and Philosophers

Fitzgerald, F. Scott: Tales of the Jazz Age

Fitzgerald, F. Scott: Tender is the Night

Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Beautiful and Damned

Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Great Gatsby

Fitzgerald, F. Scott: The Love of the Last Tycoon

Fitzgerald, F. Scott: This Side of Paradise

Flanagan, Richard: The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Flaubert, Gustav: Madame Bovary

Foer, Jonathan Safran: Everything is Illuminated

Foer, Jonathan Safran: Exteremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Ford, Ford Madox: The Good Soldier

Forster, E.M.: Howard’s End

Forster, E.M.: Passage to India

Forster, E.M.: Room With a View

Forster, E.M.: Where Angels Fear to Tread

Fowles, John: The Collector

Fowles, John: The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Frank, Anne: The Diary of Anne Frank

Frank, Pat: Alas, Babylon

Franklin, Benjamin: 1726 Journal

Franklin, Benjamin: Autobiography

Franklin, Miles: My Brilliant Career

Freud, Sigmund: The Interpretation of Dreams


Gaines, Ernest: A Lesson Before Dying

Gaskell, Elizabeth: Cousin Phillis and Other Stories

Gaskell, Elizabeth: Cranford

Gaskell, Elizabeth: Mary Barton

Gaskell, Elizabeth: North and South

Gaskell, Elizabeth: Ruth

Gaskell, Elizabeth: Sylvia’s Lovers

Gaskell, Elizabeth: The Life of Charlotte Bronte

Gaskell, Elizabeth: Wives and Daughters

Gibbons, Stella: Cold Comfort Farm

Ginsberg, Allen: Howl and Other Poems

Glaspell, Susan: Fidelity

Goethe, Johann: Faust

Goethe:  The Sorrows of Young Werther and Selected Writings

Gogol, Nikolay: Dead Souls

Golding, William: Lord of the Flies

Gordon, Lucie Duff: Letters from Egypt

Greene, Graham: Brighton Rock

Greene, Graham: The Power and Glory

Grossmith, George and Weedon: The Diary of a Nobody


Haggard, Henry Rider: King Solomon’s Mines

Hamilton, Edith: Mythology

Hammett, Dashiel: The Dain Curse

Hamsun, Knut: Hunger

Hansberry, Lorraine: A Raisin in the Sun

Hardy, Thomas: A Pair of Blue Eyes

Hardy, Thomas: Complete Poems (poetry)

Hardy, Thomas: Desperate Remedies

Hardy, Thomas: Far From the Madding Crowd

Hardy, Thomas: Jude the Obscure

Hardy, Thomas: Life’s Little Ironies (short stories)

Hardy, Thomas: Mayor of Casterbridge

Hardy, Thomas: Return of the Native

Hardy, Thomas: Tess of the D’Urbervilles

Hardy, Thomas: The Woodlanders

Hardy, Thomas: Under the Greenwood Tree

Hardy, Thomas: Wessex Tales (short stories)

Hartley, L. P.: The Go-Between

Hawthorne, Nathaniel: Selected Stories

Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The Blithedale Romance

Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The House of the Seven Gables

Hawthorne, Nathaniel: The Scarlet Letter

Heaney, Seamus: Beowulf

Heller, Joseph: Catch-22

Hellman, Lillian: Little Foxes

Hemingway, Ernest: A Farewell to Arms

Hemingway, Ernest: A Moveable Feast

Hemingway, Ernest: For Whom the Bell Tolls

Hemingway, Ernest: Islands in the Stream

Hemingway, Ernest: The Complete Short Stories

Hemingway, Ernest: The Garden of Eden

Hemingway, Ernest: The Old Man and the Sea

Hemingway, Ernest: The Sun Also Rises

Hemingway, Ernest: To Have and to Have Not

Hemingway, Ernest: True at First Light

Henry, O: Collected Stories

Herbert, Xavier: Capricornia

Hesse, Hermann: Siddhartha

Hesse, Hermann: Steppenwolf

Holtby, Winifred: South Riding

Homer: The Iliad

Homer: The Odyssey

Hugo, Victor: Les Miserables

Hugo, Victor: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Hume, David: A Treatise of Human Nature

Hurston, Zora Neale: Dust Tracks on a Road

Hurston, Zora Neale: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Huxley, Aldous: Brave New World

Huxley, Aldous: Island


Ibsen, Henrick: Doll’s House

Ibsen, Henrick: Enemy of the People

Ibsen, Henrick: Ghosts

Imlay, Gilbert: The Emigrants

Irving, John: A Prayer for Owen Meany

Irving, John The World According to Garp

Irving, Washington: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Ishiguro, Kazuo: Remains of the Day


James, Henry: Daisy Miller

James, Henry: Roderick Hudson

James, Henry: The Ambassadors

James, Henry: The American

James, Henry: The Aspern Papers

James, Henry: The Beast in the Jungle

James, Henry: The Bostonians

James, Henry: The Europeans

James, Henry: The Golden Bowl

James, Henry: The Ivory Tower

James, Henry: The Jolly Corner

James, Henry: The Portrait of a Lady

James, Henry: The Wings of the Dove

James, Henry: Turn of the Screw

James, Henry: Washington Square

James, Henry: What Maisie Knew

Jerome, Jerome K: Three Men in a Boat

Jeweett, Sarah Orne: The Country of the Pointed Firs

Johnson, Ben: Volpone

Johnson, Samuel: Rasselas

Johnson, Samuel: The Idler

Johnson, Samuel: The Rambler

Jonson, Ben: Bartholomew Fair

Jonson, Ben: The Alchemist

Joyce, James: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Joyce, James: The Dubliners

Joyce, James: Finnegans Wake

Joyce, James: Ulysses


Kafka, Franz: Metamorphosis

Kafka, Franz: The Trial

Kawabata, Yasunari: Snow Country

Keats, John: Poems

Keller, Helen: The Story of My Life

Kempe, Margery: The Book of Margery Kempe

Kerouac, Jack: On the Road

Kesey, Ken: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Kingsolver, Barbara: The Poisonwood Bible

Kipling, Rudyard: Kim

Kipling, Rudyard: The Man Who Would Be King

Knowles, John: A Separate Peace


Lagerlöf, Selma: The Wonderful Adventures of Nils

Laski, Marghanita: Little Boy Lost

Laurence, Margaret: The Stone Angel

Lawrence, D.H.: Collected Short Stories

Lawrence, D.H.: Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Lawrence, D.H.: Sons and Lovers

Lawrence, D.H.: Women in Love

le Carre, John: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Lee, Harper: To Kill a Mockingbird

Lermontov, Mikhail: A Hero of Our Time

Leroux, Gaston: The Phantom of Opera

Lewis, M.G: The Monk

Lewis, Sinclair: Arrowsmith

Lewis, Sinclair: Babbitt

Lewis, Sinclair: Elmer Gantry

Lewis, Sinclair: Main Street

Lindsay, Joan: Picnic at Hanging Rock

London, Jack: Collected Stories

Locke, John: Second Treatise of Government

London, Jack: The Call of the Wild

London, Jack: The Sea Wolf

London, Jack: White Fang


Machiavelli, Niccolo: The Prince

Mackail, Denis: Greenery Street

Mailer, Norman: An American Dream

Mailer, Norman: The Deer Park

Malory, Sir Thomas: Le Morte d’Arthur

Mann, Thomas: Death in Venice

Mann, Thomas: The Magic Mountain

Mansfield, Katherine: The Garden Party & Other Stories

Mansfield, Katherine: The Montana Stories

Mansfield, Katherine: Selected Stories

Markandaya, Kamala: Nectar in a Sieve

Marlowe, Christopher: Doctor Faustus

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia: Chronicles of a Death Foretold

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia: Love in the Time of Cholera

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia: Memoirs of My Melancholy Whores

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia: One Hundred Years of Solitude

Marx, Karl and Friedrich Engels: The Communit Manifesto

Marx, Karl and Friedrich Engels: The German Ideology

Maturin, Charles: Melmoth the Wanderer

Maugham, W. Somerset: Of Human Bondage

Maugham, W. Somerset: The Razor’s Edge

Maupassant, Guy de: Bel-Ami

Maupassant, Guy de: Selected Stories

Maupassant, Guy de: Une Vie

McCullers, Carson: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Melville, Herman: Bartleby the Scrivener

Melville, Herman: Billy Budd

Melville, Herman: Moby Dick

Melville, Herman: The Piazza Tales

Melville, Herman: Typee

Mill, John Stuart: Utilitarianism

Millay, Edna St. Vincent: Collected Poems

Miller, Arthur: A View from the Bridge

Miller, Arthur: All My Sons

Miller, Arthur: Death of a Salesman

Miller, Arthur: Elegy for a Lady

Miller, Arthur: The Crucible

Milton, John: Paradise Lost

Mishima, Yukio: The Sailor who fell from Grace with the Sea

Mitchell, David: Cloud Atlas

Mitchell, Margaret: Gone with the Wind

Moliere: Misanthrope

Montaigne, Michel de: Selected Essays

Montgomery, L.M.: Anne of Green Gables

Montgomery, L.M.: Rilla of Ingleside

More, Thomas: Utopia

Morrison, Toni: A Mercy

Morrison, Toni: Beloved

Morrison, Toni: Home

Morrison, Toni: Jazz

Morrison, Toni: Love

Morrison, Toni: Paradise

Morrison, Toni: Song of Solomon

Morrison, Toni: Sula

Morrison, Toni: Tar Baby

Morrison, Toni: The Bluest Eye

Muir, John: Writings on Nature

Mulisch, Harry: The Discovery of Heaven

Murakami, Haruki: Norwegian Wood


Nabokov, Vladimir: Ada or Ardor: A Family Chronicle

Nabokov, Vladimir: Lolita

Nabokov, Vladimir: Pale Fire

Nabokov, Vladimir: Pnin

Nesbit, E: The Enchanted Castle

Nichol, James W.: The Stone Angel

Nietzsche, Friedrich: The Antichrist

Nietzsche, Friedrich: Beyond Good and Evil

Nietzsche, Friedrich: The Gay Science

Nietzsche, Friedrich: Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Niland, D’Arcy: The Shiralee

Norris, Frank: McTeague


O Henry: Collected Stories

O’Brien, Tim: Going After Cacciato

O, Brien: Tim: The Things They Carried

O’Connor, Flannery: A Good Man is Hard to Find

O’Connor, Flannery: Everything that Rises must Converge

O’Connor, Flannery: The Complete Stories

O’Connor, Flannery: Wise Blood

O’Neill, Jamie: At Swim, Two Boys

Orczy, Baroness: The Scarlet Pimpernel

Orwell, George: 1984

Orwell, George: Animal Farm

Orwell, George: Burmese Days

Orwell, George: Homage to Catalonia

Ovid: Metamorphoses


Paine, Thomas: Common Sense

Pamuk, Orhan: My Name is Red

Panter-Downes, Mollie: One Fine Day

Pasternak, Boris: Doctor Zhivago

Paton, Alan: Cry, the Beloved Country

Peake, Mervyn: The Gormenghast Trilogy

Pepys, Samuel: Diary of Samuel Pepys

Plath, Sylvia: Ariel

Plath, Sylvia: The Bell Jar

Plath, Sylvia: The Colossus and Other Poems

Plath, Sylvia: The Journals of Sylvia Plath

Plato: The Trial and Death of Socrates

Plutarch: Moralia

Plutarch: Parallel Lives

Poe, Edgar Allan: Collected Stories and Poems

Pound, Ezra: Personae: The Shorter Poems

Pope, Alexander: Dunciad

Pope, Alexander: Eloisa to Abelard

Pope, Alexander: An Essay on Criticism

Pope, Alexander: An Essay on Man

Pope, Alexander: Rape of the Lock

Powell, Anthony: A Dance to the Music of Time

Proulx, Annie: The Shipping News

Proust, Marcel: Swann’s Way

Proust, Marcel: In Search of Lost Time / Remembrance of Things Past

Pushkin, Alexander: Tales of Belkin

Pyle, Howard: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

Pyle, Howard: The Story of King Arthur and His Knights

Pym, Barbara: Excellent Women


Rabelais, Francois: Gargantua and Pantagruel

Radcliffe, Anne: The Italian

Radcliffe, Anne: The Mysteries of Udolpho

Rand, Ayn: Anthem

Rand, Ayn: Atlas Shrugged

Rand, Ayn: The Early Ayn Rand

Rand, Ayn: The Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn: Three Plays

Rand, Ayn: We the Living

Remarque: All Quiet on the Western Front

Rhys, Jean: Wide Sargasso Sea

Richardson, Henry Handel: The Fortunes of Richard Mahony

Richardson, Samuel: Clarissa

Richardson, Samuel: Pamela

Richardson, Samuel: The History of Sir Charles Grandison

Robinson, Marilynne: Housekeeping

Rossetti, Christina: Maude: A Story for Girls

Rostand, Edmond: Cyrano de Bergerac

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques: On the Social Contract

Rowson, Susanna: Charlotte Temple

Rushdie, Salman: Midnight’s Children

Rushdie, Salman: The Satanic Verses

Ryle, J.C.: Old Paths


Salgari, Emilio: The Pirates of Malaysia

Salinger, J.D.: Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction

Salinger, J.D.: Nine Stories

Salinger, J.D.: The Catcher in the Rye

Salinger, J.D: Franny and Zooey

Sand, George: Consuelo

Sappho: Poems

Schreiner, Olive: The Story of an African Farm

Scott, Sir Walter: Ivanhoe

Scott, Sir Walter: Lady of the Lake

Scott, Sir Walter: The Bride of Lammermoor

Scott, Sir Walter: Waverly

Seneca, Letters from a Stoic

Seton, Anya: Katherine

Shakespeare, William: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare, William: A Winter’s Tale

Shakespeare, William: All’s Well That Ends Well

Shakespeare, William: Antony and Cleopatra

Shakespeare, William: As You Like It

Shakespeare, William: Coriolanus

Shakespeare, William: Cymbeline

Shakespeare, William: Hamlet

Shakespeare, William: Henry IV

Shakespeare, William: Henry V

Shakespeare, William: Henry VI Part I

Shakespeare, William: Henry VI Part II

Shakespeare, William: Henry VI Part III

Shakespeare, William: Henry VIII

Shakespeare, William: Julius Caesar

Shakespeare, William: King John

Shakespeare, William: King Lear

Shakespeare, William: Love’s Labor’s Lost

Shakespeare, William: Macbeth

Shakespeare, William: Measure for Measure

Shakespeare, William: Merchant of Venice

Shakespeare, William: Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare, William: Othello

Shakespeare, William: Pericles

Shakespeare, William: Richard II

Shakespeare, William: Richard III

Shakespeare, William: Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare, William: The Comedy of Errors

Shakespeare, William: The Merry Wives of Windsor

Shakespeare, William: The Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare, William: The Tempest

Shakespeare, William: Timon of Athens

Shakespeare, William: Titus Andronicus

Shakespeare, William: Trolius and Cressida

Shakespeare, William: Twelfth Night

Shakespeare, William: Two Gentlemen of Verona

Shaw, George Bernard: Mrs. Warren’s Profession

Shelley, Mary: Frankenstein

Shelley, Mary: Frankenstein

Shelley, Percy: Collected Poems

Shikibu, Murasaki: The Tale of Genji

Shirer, William: The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

Shonagon, Sei: The Pillow Book

Silko, Leslie Marmon: Ceremony

Sinclair, Upton: The Jungle

Smith, Betty: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Solzhenitsyn, Alexander: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Sophocles: Antigone

Sophocles: Oedipus Rex

Sophocles: The Three Theban Plays (Antigone, Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus)

Soseki, Natsume: Kokoro

Spark, Muriel: Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Steinbeck, John: America and Americans

Steinbeck, John: Cannery Row

Steinbeck, John: East of Eden

Steinbeck, John: Of Mice and Men

Steinbeck, John: Sweet Thursday

Steinbeck, John: The Grapes of Wrath

Steinbeck, John: The Pastures of Heaven

Steinbeck, John: The Pearl

Steinbeck, John: The Red Pony

Steinbeck, John: The Winter of Our Discontent

Steinbeck, John: Tortilla Flat

Steinbeck, John: Travels with Charley in Search of America

Stendhal: The Charterhouse of Parma

Stendhal: The Red and the Black

Stephenson, Neal: Snow Crash

Sterne, Laurence: Tristam Shandy

Stevenson, Robert Louis: Kidnapped

Stevenson, Robert Louis: The Black Arrow

Stevenson, Robert Louis: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Stevenson, Robert Louis: Treasure Island

Stoppard, Tom: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Stoker, Bram: Dracula

Stoppard, Tom: Rosencratz and Guildenstern are Dead

Stowe, Harriet Beecher: Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Strachey, Julia: Cheerful Weather for the Wedding

Stratton-Porter, Gene: Michael O’Halloran

Streatfield, Noel: Saplings

Swift, Jonathon: Gulliver’s Travels


Tan, Amy: The Joy Luck Club

Thackeray, William Makepeace: Vanity Fair

Thiong’o, Ngugi: A Grain of Wheat

Thoreau, Henry David: Civil Disobedience

Thoreau, Henry David: Walden

Tieck, Johann Ludwig: Wake not the Dead

Tolkein, J.R.R.: The Hobbit

Tolkein, J.R.R.: The Lord of the Rings

Tolstoy, Leo: Anna Karenina

Tolstoy, Leo: The Death of Ivan Ilyich

Tolstoy, Leo: War and Peace

Trollope, Anthony: Barchester Towers

Trollope, Anthony: Doctor Thorne

Trollope, Anthony: Framley Parsonage

Trollope, Anthony: The Last Chronicle of Barset

Trollope, Anthony: The Small House at Allington

Trollope, Anthony: The Warden

Trollope, Anthony: The Way We Live Now

Truth, Sojourner: Narrative of Sojourner Truth

Turgenev, Ivan: Fathers and Sons

Turgenev, Ivan: First Love

Twain, Mark: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Twain, Mark: A Tramp Abroad

Twain, Mark: Pudd’nhead Wilson

Twain, Mark: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Twain, Mark: The Complete Humorous Sketches

Twain, Mark: The Complete Short Stories

Twain, Mark: The Prince and the Pauper

Tyler, Royall: The Algerine Captive

Tzsu, Sun: The Art of War


Verne, Jules: A Floating City

Verne, Jules: Around the Moon

Verne, Jules: Around the World in Eighty Days

Verne, Jules: From the Earth to the Moon

Verne, Jules: Journey to the Center of the Earth

Verne, Jules: The Mysterious Island

Verne, Jules: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Virgil: The Aenid

Voltaire: Candide

Vonnegut, Kurt: Slaughterhouse Five


Walker, Alice: The Color Purple

Walpole, Horace: The Castle of Otranto

Watson, Winifred: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Waugh, Evelyn: Brideshead Revisited

Waugh, Evelyn: Vile Bodies

Welch, James: Winter in the Blood

Wells, H.G.: The Time Machine

Wells, H.G.: The War of the Worlds

West, Nathanael: Day of the Locust

West, Nathanael: Miss Lonelyhearts

Wharton, Edith: A Backward Glance-Autobiography

Wharton, Edith: Ethan Frome

Wharton, Edith: Ghost Stories

Wharton, Edith: Madame de Treymes

Wharton, Edith: Old New York

Wharton, Edith: Roman Fever

Wharton, Edith: Sanctuary

Wharton, Edith: Summer

Wharton, Edith: The Age of Innocence

Wharton, Edith: The Buccaneers

Wharton, Edith: The Custom of the Country

Wharton, Edith: The Glimpses of the Moon

Wharton, Edith: The House of Mirth

Wharton, Edith: The Reef

Wharton, Edith: The Touchstone

Whipple, Dorothy: Greenbanks

Whipple, Dorothy: Someone at a Distance

Whipple, Dorothy: They Knew Mr. Knight

White, Patrick: The Tree of Man

White, T.H.: The Once and Future King

Whitman, Walt: Leaves of Grass

Whittier, John Greenleaf: Snow-Bound

Wilde, Oscar: The Importance of Being Earnest

Wilde, Oscar: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Wilder, Thornton: Our Town

Williams, John: Stoner

Williams, Tennessee: A Streetcar Named Desire

Williams, Tennessee: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Williams, Tennessee: The Glass Menagerie

Wollstonecraft, Mary: A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Woolf, Virginia: A Haunted House: The Complete Shorter Fiction

Woolf, Virginia: A Room of One’s Own

Woolf, Virginia: Between the Acts

Woolf, Virginia: Flush

Woolf, Virginia: Jacob’s Room

Woolf, Virginia: Melymbrosia

Woolf, Virginia: Mrs. Dalloway

Woolf, Virginia: Night and Day

Woolf, Virginia: Orlando

Woolf, Virginia: The Common Reader 1st Series

Woolf, Virginia: The Common Reader 2nd Series

Woolf, Virginia: The Voyage Out

Woolf, Virginia: The Waves

Woolf, Virginia: The Year

Woolf, Virginia: Three Guineas

Woolf, Virginia: To the Lighthouse

Wouk, Herman: The Winds of War

Wright, Richard: Native Son

Wyndham, John: The Day of the Triffids


Xueqin, Cao: Dream of the Red Chamber


Yates, Richard: Disturbing the Peace

Yates, Richard: The Easter Parade

Yates, Richard: Eleven Kinds of Loneliness

Yates, Richard: Revolutionary Road

Yeats, William Butler: Collected Poems

Yeats, William Butler: Irish Faerie Tales


Zamyatin, Yevgeny: We

Zola, Emile: Germinal

Zola, Emile: Nana

Zola, Emile: The Earth

Zola, Emile: The Kill

Zola, Emile: Therese Raquin

Last Updated: 5 December 2012 (RBR)


57 thoughts on “The Big Book List

  1. Thought I would add a few Australian classics for your consideration:

    Henry Handel Richardson – The Fortunes of Richard Mahoney
    Miles Franklin – My Brilliant Career
    Xavier Herbert – Capricornia
    Mary Durack – Kings in Grass Castles
    Patrick White – The Tree of Man
    Joan Lindsay – Picnic at Hanging Rock….just to name a few

    And across the waters NZ author Katherine Mansfield is a must for her short stories.


    1. I notice that we already have several books by Katherine Mansfield listed on the Big Book List, but I added the others to it. If you have any specific books by Mansfield that you want to add, please make another comment. Thanks!


  2. Hello there! Would Daddy-Long-Legs and Dear Enemy by Jean Webster count as classics? I will read them either way but they go with another book reading challenge I am currently doing so I thought this woulld be the best of both worlds! Thank you!


  3. Probably add more poems by Alexander Pope:
    1. An Essay on Man
    2. The Dunciad
    3. An Essay on Criticism
    4. Eloisa to Abelard

    And, an epic by Sir Richard Blackmore:
    King Arthur, an Heroick Epic


    1. Faulkner’s trilogy—The Hamlet, The Town, and The Mansion—must be included. To a large extent they define the nature of his oeuvre. Steinbeck’s America and Americans is rather bland. It should not be on a reading list of the greats.


  4. Beowulf and the Epic of Gilgamesh are arguably two of the greatest and most inspiring works of literature ever composed, and yet I do not see them on this list, they should definitely be added to the list.


  5. With titles like Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (i.e. more modern titles) I was kind of hoping someone put Harry Potter up here as a modern classic… Should I go first and set the trend?!


  6. Thanks for having this list up, it’s super helpful. Here are a few that are on my list that you don’t have.

    Camus, Albert – The Plague (Also, you have “The Fall” as just “Fall.”)
    Coleridge, Samuel Taylor – The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
    Eliot, T.S. – The Complete Poems
    Ford, Ford Maddox – The Good Soldier
    Pound, Ezra – Personae: The Shorter Poems


  7. This list was super useful for helping me pick out my list of classics. That said, I haven’t read the other comments but the choices seem a little odd sometimes. All those Elizabeth Gaskell books, and yet of the Mailer books no Naked and the Dead?


    1. Well, the list is compiled from all the individual lists, so if Naked and the Dead (or any other book) pops up on someone’s reading list, it will make its way to this one (eventually – it’s a process!). Perhaps many people have already read that one, and not much Gaskell… that’s one reason why an author/title might find it’s way here. Or, perhaps not many people are all that interested in reading it. That’s valid, too.

      Not sure that we can call any particular presence or lack thereof “odd,” though. This isn’t a “greatest hits” list, after all – it’s just a list of what people plan to read over the next few years. 🙂


  8. looking forward to joining you guys – now to figure out my books. I’m assuming no issues with audiobooks? since I have a 2+ hour commute each day, they help to kill time


  9. Great list. I might recommend a couple other books by authors on your list: Thomas Mann’s Buddenbrooks is excellent and the book referenced as to why he received a Nobel Prize; Albert Camus’ The Plague is one of his best known works; and, because I enjoyed it a bit more than My Name is Red, Orhan Pamuk’s Snow. I’d also recommend including Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago’s Blindness if you’re including other modern authors such as Foer and Mitchell.


  10. What about The String of Pearls / Sweeney Todd (edited by Edward Lloyd)?

    If Carola is adding Japanese classics, I’ll offer you a list of Chinese classics 😉

    Water Margin/Outlaws of the Marsh – Shi Nai’an
    Romance of the Three Kingdoms – Luo Guanzhong
    Journey to the West/Monkey – Wu Cheng’en
    Dream of the Red Chamber/Story of the Stone – Cao Xueqin

    Modern classics (early 20th century):
    Love in a Fallen City – Eileen Chang
    Lust, Caution: The Story – Eileen Chang
    The Rouge of the North – Eileen Chang
    The True Story of Ah Q – Lu Xun
    Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio – Pu Songling


      1. I’ve read the Eileen Chang’s, love her books. Took a class about Story of the Stone before, pretty good too. You know that the Chinese classics are all tomes -__-; I’m doing a read-along of Journey of the West next year!


        1. Noticed that! I think I’ll join 😀 (and I was thinking it would be interesting to host a readalong for The Tale of Genji or something, since it’s so long and whatnot…)


  11. Some suggestions 🙂
    Couperus, Louis – Eline Vere
    Grossmith, George – The Diary of a Nobody
    More, Thomas – Utopia
    Mulisch, Harry – The Discovery of Heaven

    I am also very interested in Japanese literature, so I hope it’s okay if I submit some Japanese classics later on when I finish compiling my list 🙂


      1. I promised a list of Japanese classics, so here they are!

        Abe, Kōbō – The Woman in the Dunes
        Akutagawa, Ryūnosuke – Rashomon and Seventeen Other Stories
        Edogawa, Ranpo – Japanese Tales of Mystery & Imagination
        Kawabata, Yasunari – Beauty and Sadness
        Kawabata, Yasunari – The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa
        Kawabata, Yasunari – Snow Country
        Mishima, Yukio – Forbidden Colors
        Mishima, Yukio – The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
        Mishima, Yukio – Sea of Fertility (series)
        Osamu, Dazai – No Longer Human
        Shikibu, Murasaki – The Tale of Genji
        Soseki, Natsume – Botchan
        Soseki, Natsume – Kokoro
        Tanizaki, Jun’ichirō – Some Prefer Nettles
        Tanizaki, Jun’ichirō – In Praise of Shadows
        Ueda, Akinari – Tales of Moonlight and Rain
        Yoshikawa, Eiji – Musashi


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